Until June 19, 2010 – The Andy Warhol Museum
The exhibition, Bunny Yeager: The Legendary Queen of the Pin-Up, explores the photographic work of Pittsburgh native Bunny Yeager. Yeager is best known for her 1950’s and 60’s pin-up photographs, many of which were featured in Playboy Magazine. While taking her celebratory images of the female form, she also began writing books about the technical aspects of pin-up photography, and over the course of her career published over 20 books on the subject. This exhibition, her first, is a survey of photographs of and by Yeager. Her book, “How I Photograph Myself,” published in 1964 by A.S. Barnes & Co., featured hundreds of self-portraits in which Yeager takes on many different looks, styles and moods. This self-portrait technique foreshadows the works of contemporary artists Cindy Sherman and Yasumasa Morimura, known for their own masquerade-based self-portraiture.
Yeager, moved to Miami from Pittsburgh at the age of 17 and quickly became one of the most photographed pin-up models of the immediate postwar period. After winning a beauty pageant title in the late 40s, she went on to appear in countless pinup pictures becoming the most photographed beauty in Miami. By 1954 Yeager began taking her own photographs of other beautiful women, including herself.
Her iconic images of Bettie Page made her even more famous, and her pictures of Bettie and many other models graced the pages and covers of Playboy Magazine, with whom she worked for nearly 15 years, from 1955 to 1970.
Yeager continues to live and work in Miami.